It’s a post Comic-Con blowout with reactions for Ash vs Evil Dead, Doctor Who, Legends of Tomorrow and more. A slew of casting announcements for DC’s superhero TV shows change everything. Joe Quesada discusses the new Spider-Man costume. Plus, Guillermo del Toro on Pacific Rim 2. So many spoilers!
Ryan Reynolds discusses Deadpool’s place in the X-Men cinematic universe, specifically the character’s place in the X-Force team:
I’d love to see him in X-Force. I think you’d have to be pretty judicious of how you use him in anything that’s X-Men related, just because you have a character that’s META, a character that breaks the fourth wall, that’s self-aware. How does that fit into that world? It becomes a pretty fine line he’s walking. You can probably find a way to utilize him, but you’d have to be pretty judicious with him.
Leslie Uggams has been cast as Blind Al.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Dan Fogler has been cast as Jacob, a muggle Newt encounters during his trip to New York. [Deadline]
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Shock Till You Drop has a description of the footage shown at Comic-Con:
The extended trailer opened with a striking portrait of the countryside. A misty horseride brings Sam Riley to a parlor, seeking out someone who’s been bitten and is concealing it. The sequence was a humorous bit of paranoia, shifty eyes betraying etiquette until Riley brutally decimates the hidden zombie. Shot from the zombie’s POV, the audience is treated to a visceral, darkly humorous first person perspective of being decapitated.
From there, the clip just as easily transitions to the classic Austen vision of Pride and Prejudice. The longing and frustration is palpable in a film of manners, until it builds to bloody release in battle...
Star Wars Episode IX
Heroic Hollywood are reporting the Colin Trevorrow is in talks to direct the third film in the new Star Wars trilogy, off the back of the massive success of Jurassic World. As ever with unsourced rumors like this, take it with a pinch of salt.
Josh Trank has cancelled the movie’s post-process conversion to 3D. [Coming Soon]
Joe Quesada discusses the new Spidey suit:
It looks awesome. I’ve seen a lot of design work that’s been done on the costume. I think there are elements of it that are really going to blow people away, where they are going to go ‘Ah, that’s Marvel doing Spider-Man.’… It’s Spider-Man. What’s not exciting about that? I can’t imagine there’s a person on planet Earth that can’t relate to some aspect of Spider-Man or Peter Parker, and he is for all intents and purposes, he is Marvel’s Mickey Mouse. He is that icon of so much of what we have was built upon, so to create that movie along with our Sony partners it’s phenomenally exciting.
I know Kevin Feige and his team, they’ve some great ideas, some wonderful theories that we have all chimed in on. What’s funny about Spider-Man is that you sit there and you’re at a creative meeting and everybody goes ‘Well what about this? Yeah, of course! That’s what we should be doing, that’s Spider-Man!’ We all seem to be of the same mind about Spider-Man, because there are certain aspects of the character that are just iconic and have been perfect since the moment they were created.
Pacific Rim 2
Guillermo Del Toro has confirmed that filming on the movie will begin later this year. [Coming Soon]
Comic-Con brought some major casting announcements for the show: Teddy Sears has been cast as Jay Garrick, the first Flash from DC’s Golden Age—a “cryptic figure” in the show, who will arrive to warn Barry and the STAR Labs team of a major threat. Shantel VanSanten will play Patty Spivot, Joe West’s new partner at Central City PD. [TV Guide]
Here’s the highlight reel shown at the convention—the majority is footage from season 1, but there’s some teases for the second season near the end, as well as confirmation that Zoom (the Reverse Flash of the third Flash, Wally West) will be the major villain of the season.
Andrew Kreisberg confirms the show will continue to have crossovers with Arrow:
We do have more crossovers planned. Both episode eight for Flash and Arrow in Decemeber will be a two-part crossover, like we did last year. That will be the big crossover event, but then, like last year, we’ll have the mini crossovers where just one character will show up. These shows are linked, and if there’s an attack in Central City, we’ll hear about it in Starling City. When we first started, we were afraid that we’d implode by expanding too much. Instead, they seem to lift each other up.
Neal McDonough has been cast as Season 4’s main villain, Damien Darhk. [TV Guide]
Peter Facinelli will play Maxwell Lord, who was originally an ally who helped establish the Justice League before turning into a villain in the comics. [Coming Soon]
Smallville Supergirl Laura Vandervoort is in talks to cameo. [EW]
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Speaking at the show’s Comic-Con panel, Caity Lotz describe’s changes to Sara’s personality after her resurrection as the White Canary:
The person who goes into the pit isn’t necessarily the same person that comes out.“There’s consequences to that…. I want [Sara] to go nuts.
While Wentworth Miller discusses how Captain Cold will integrate into the heroic group:
I think he’s going to respond badly. Leonard Snart is used to being the guy in charge. He’s not a team player. … These guys have to work together, but it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
The panel also confirmed that Hawkman will play a role in the series, presumably as part of the back story of Ciara Renee’s Hawkgirl. [TV Line]
Michelle Gomez offers a cryptic tease for season 9 while discussing the “surprising” revelation behind the Master’s resurrection:
Something that you will come to witness is quite literally turned upside down. Quite literally.
The Vampire Diaries
Executive producer Julie Plec teases Damon’s arc in Season 7:
The challenge for Damon is that Elena said to him, ‘Please live your life and be who you are.’ But we know who Damon is. So for him, it’s ‘Who am I without this girl right by my side?’ We’re going to see a lot of naughty Damon trying not to be naughty.
As well as Stefan and Caroline’s relationship:
[There will be] a lot of very unexpected twists and turns. The fun of this couple is that they’re just getting cemented in their romantic status. As we left it off, he said, I will be here when you’re ready.’ She’s trying really, really, really hard not to be ready. Also, shirtless stuff every episode.
Ash vs Evil Dead
Showrunner Craig DiGregorio discusses the show’s new monsters and their relationship to the Deadites:
I think the deadites are going to be much the same as far as their mythology goes, but I do think the show is expanding the mythology of the Necronomicon and the book, and what the bigger mythology is around the deadites.,” the writer explains.
So the new creatures… the Necronomicon plays a big part, obviously, in the show and the conceit of movies and the show is anything can come out of that book, or out of this sort of world. There are some creatures that come forward that are not necessarily deadites, they’re demons. I’m not sure how much I can actually say about them but we’re expanding that world. It’s deadites and a bunch of other creatures and hopefully that helps when you have to do one or multiple seasons of the show that you can have a lot of creatures.
Lucy Lawless discusses her character, Ruby:
It wasn’t until episode eight, I was going ‘Hang on, is she a street brawler or something?’ We were banging around ideas and I rang Rob [Tapert, producer] and go, ‘Should she not be too good?’ ‘No, no she’s got to drop from 40 feet, she’s Jet Li good.’ This is why she’s mysterious, we’re feeling it out. She’s stalking him through the first season. By the end, you totally know what she’s about. For now, we say she’s mysterious.
Her last name is Knowby, and the professor in the originals, who had the Necronomicon, was Professor Knowby. So, she’s got a big ass chip on her shoulder. She’s seeking to destroy Ash. The fountain of all evil is that guy.
The show has been renewed for season 3. [TV Line]
Ben Edlund has joined the show’s writing team for the second season. [IGN]
Finally, Michael Hogan has been cast in a multi-episode arc in the second season as Dr. Vance Eckland, “a charismatic and intelligent scientist from the future”. In other casting updates, Todd Stashwick (Deacon), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines) and Barbara Sukowa (Doctor Jones) have been promoted to series regulars for season 2. [EW]
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: The Flash and Arrow.